You may not have heard of him yet, but Victor Wombayama is set to be one of the greatest in the NBA for the next few years. At the age of 18, 2.20 m and only 94 kg, the French “big unicorn” excelled in ASVEL Basket and Metropolitans 92, in Paris, in LNB Pro A – France’s professional basketball league – and is already projecting his career in the North American league in the coming years.
– I can’t wait, but I also want to enjoy the last year in France. I know that in the next 15 years I won’t be living here anymore. I really have a good feeling about next year – commented Wombanihama at the LNB Pro A presentation.
Victor Wambayama excelled in French basketball and is already shaping the 2023 NBA draft — Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images
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Even at such a young age, Victor Wombayama has no problem revealing his plans to play in the World Basketball Premier League. And your dreams are high. Starting with the ambition to be the first pick in the 2023 draft.
– I don’t know if it’s pride, but part of me says there shouldn’t be someone in front of me (in the draft). The most interesting thing is always to find a team that cares about the project and the actor. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re second, third or 20th in the draft, as long as you have a better career afterwards, the French center told BasketballNews.com, before concluding.
– What is important to me this season is, above all, to solidify a place as a possible first option in the draft. That’s my goal instead of trying to gain 15 kilos and taking risks.
Victor Wombanayama, only 94 kg, is not worried about possible injuries in the NBA – Photo: Angel Martinez/Getty Images
The weight issue, really, is something that attracts attention. Even more compared to the big giants of the NBA, who easily exceed 2 meters in height and 100 kg of pure muscle. But Victor Wambayama, who was once out of EuroBasket with France due to injury, does not fear that this difference in balance and physicality could lead to more injuries in his career his in the United States.
– It doesn’t worry me. I had no serious injuries, which is comforting. We know that in the NBA, medical control is the best, light years away. So there is no reason to worry.